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Social capital as social networks: A new framework for measurement and an empirical analysis of its determinants and consequences

  • Sabatini, Fabio

The contribution of this paper to the social capital literature is threefold. First, we set up a new framework for measurement, allowing us to build indicators for five different dimensions of the concept. Second, we provide a single, synthetic, measure capturing that particular configuration of social capital which the literature generally associates with positive economic outcomes. Third, we carry out an empirical assessment of the relationships between the different types of social capital identified by our analysis and a range of socio-economic phenomena.

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Volume (Year): 38 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 429-442

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